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The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award is opening its 28th edition to highlight the exceptional accomplishments of women and men who drive growth and French competitiveness.


The Entrepreneur of the Year award is a unique international programme to recognise the entrepreneurial careers of committed men and women who have displayed innovation, leadership and excellence. It is organised by EY, in partnership with Verlingue, the insurance broker, HSBC France and Steelcase, the world leader for tertiary development, with the support of Bpifrance.

For 28 years, the programme has rewarded managers for their exceptional accomplishments and for their company’s performance. On the basis that performance cannot be summed up solely by financial results, the awards also highlights commitments made and concrete action taken in the social environmental and governance fields.



Why apply?

– Highlight your extra-financial performance and commitments and join the panorama of effective, committed entrepreneurs.

– Enhance your company’s profile: 405 press mentions, 21 million impressions on Twitter and 3,000 in attendance at the 2019 ceremonies.

– Develop your teams by strengthening their feeling of belonging, and attract new talent.

– Join a unique network of 8,000 entrepreneurs and accelerate your growth through this programme with a regional, national and international dimension.



The Award timetable

– February – May: Call for applications and meeting with the EY teams to put the files together

– June – July: The regional juries deliberate and nominate the winners for the different prizes

– September – early October: Regional ceremonies and deliberation of the national jury

– Mid-October: National ceremony bringing together 1000+ entrepreneurs from all over France

 11-14 November: Entrepreneurs’ Academy

– June: World Entrepreneur of the Year: The national “Entrepreneur of the Year” winner will represent France at the world prize awards in Monaco.



Eligibility criteria


“Start-up of the Year” category

The entrepreneur

– Holds 10% of the share capital

The company

– Founded less than 10 years ago

– Minimum turnover of €1.5m

– Or an equivalent amount of funds raised cumulatively since the company’s founding

– May not be a group subsidiary


“Entrepreneur of the Year” category

The entrepreneur

– In the position for at least 3 years

– Holds 10% of the share capital

The company

– Minimum turnover of €10m

– Positive pre-tax profitability for the last financial year

– Minimum cumulative growth of 10% for the last three financial years

– Cannot be a group subsidiary

– No more than 50% of the share capital may be held by a group (with the exception of companies having undergone an LBO)


To value extra-financial performance and undertakings, CSR criteria are taken into consideration in each category: governance, carbon footprint reduction, employee commitment, etc.